Call for Papers

Economic and legal innovations to address climate change

A Special Issue of

The Review of Industrial Economics/ Revue d’Économie Industrielle



Thematics of the special issue


The objective of this special issue of the Review of Industrial Economics / Revue d'Économie Industrielle, which follows a seminar organized at the Banque de France in April 2024, is to study how economic policies as well as legislative and jurisprudential developments affecting businesses can contribute to form a landscape conducive to an effective and just response to the challenges of climate change.

This special issue will explore the pivotal role of the State in driving the behavioral changes needed to mitigate the effects of climate change and adapt to this new reality. Where are we in the area of “green” innovations carried out by public authorities, particularly with regard to the role of industrial policy in stimulating technological innovation?

At the heart of the debate is the delicate balance between the implementation of effective public standards and policies and respect for civil rights such as the freedom of enterprise. How can policymakers navigate in this complex space, ensuring a just and equitable transition?

It is also important to examine how economic and social actors and in particular companies can implement these new standards and obligations, taking the duty of vigilance as an example. What strategies and innovations can they adopt to
not only comply with these requirements, but also transform them into sustainable growth opportunities?

Particular emphasis will be placed on the judicial system, now on the front line facing these transformations. How can the judicial system support and regulate these transformations? What is its role in developing a legal framework adapted to climate challenges? What are the various incentives introduced or to be provided to economic agents to ensure a smooth transition?

To the extent that businesses are at the heart of this transformation, and given its multidisciplinary approach, the Review of Industrial Economics/Revue d'Économie Industrielle is the ideal journal to host this special issue which will be aimed at political decision-makers, lawyers, economists, entrepreneurs, and to all those interested in how innovation, both economic and legal, shapes our response to climate challenges.


Contributions are welcome to illustrate these different dimensions, with the aim of establishing a bridge between law, economics and finance with a focus on the following issues:

  • dynamics of “green” technological innovations;
  • theoretical foundations of “green” industrial policies, from an economic and legal point of view;
  • duty of vigilance of companies, at the national level, as well as within “value chains” at the international level;
  • “compliance law” and commitments of companies and States to the transition;
  • role of the judicial system, both ex post (sanctions), but also ex ante (in setting incentives) with a view to a low-carbon economy;
  • assessment of companies and sustainable environmental performance


Calendar and submissions

  • Publication: 1st quarter 2025
  • Contributions, in English or French, are expected by September 15, 2024. Submissions are made on the platform:


Coordination of the special issue

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